Electoral district of Chaffey

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South AustraliaHouse of Assembly
Map of South Australia with the electoral district of Chaffey highlighted
Electoral district of Chaffey (green) in South Australia
State South Australia
Created 1938
MP Tim Whetstone
Party Liberal Party of Australia (SA)
Namesake George Chaffey and William Chaffey
Electors 24,576 (2014)
Area 25,477 km2 (9,836.7 sq mi)
Demographic Rural
Coordinates 34°32′16″S 140°16′14″E / 34.53778°S 140.27056°E / -34.53778; 140.27056Coordinates: 34°32′16″S 140°16′14″E / 34.53778°S 140.27056°E / -34.53778; 140.27056

Chaffey, created in 1936, is an electorate for the South Australian House of Assembly. It covers the Riverland region of South Australia including the towns of Renmark, Berri, Barmera, Loxton and Waikerie. The seat is named after brothers George and William Chaffey who established the irrigation area along the Murray River from 1886.

Usually a comfortably conservative seat, Chaffey was won three times by Labor's Reg Curren as their most marginal seat – in 1962 on 50.1%, 1965 on 50.7% and 1970 on 50.2%, two-party-preferred. Chaffey was one of the seats that put Labor in government in 1965 after three decades in opposition due to the Playmander, and one of two seats that put the Liberal and Country League back in government in 1968. The LCL won it back in 1973, and Labor has never retaken it. The 1975 election saw permanent large two-party swings away from Labor in a few rural seats − 13.5 percent in Chaffey, 15.5 percent in Mount Gambier and 16.4 percent in Millicent.

Chaffey remained in the hands of the LCL and its successor, the Liberal Party, until 1997 when Karlene Maywald narrowly won it for the SA Nationals. Maywald picked up a large swing in 2002, boosting her two-candidate preferred margin to 64 percent. She held the seat without serious difficulty until she was defeated in 2010 by Liberal Tim Whetstone, who still holds the seat.

Members for Chaffey[edit]

Member Party Term
  William MacGillivray Independent 1938–1956
  Harold King Liberal and Country 1956–1962
  Reg Curren Labor 1962–1968
  Peter Arnold Liberal and Country 1968–1970
  Reg Curren Labor 1970–1973
  Peter Arnold Liberal and Country 1973–1974
  Liberal 1974–1993
  Kent Andrew Liberal 1993–1997
  Karlene Maywald Nationals SA 1997–2010
  Tim Whetstone Liberal 2010–present

Election results[edit]

South Australian state election, 2014: Chaffey[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Tim Whetstone 14,196 64.8 +17.1
Labor Mahanbir Grewal 3,615 16.5 +9.1
Family First Yvonne Zeppel 2,891 13.2 +5.7
Greens Jason Garrood 1,199 5.5 +3.3
Total formal votes 21,901 96.6 −0.3
Informal votes 767 3.4 +0.3
Turnout 22,668 92.2 −1.4
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Tim Whetstone 16,454 75.1 −3.3
Labor Mahanbir Grewal 5,447 24.9 +3.3
Liberal hold Swing N/A